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Local BBL derby adds spice for Stars

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016 Jason Phelan

Melbourne Stars allrounder James Faulkner admits there will be more than competition points on the line when his side takes on the Melbourne Renegades on New Year's Day.

The Stars defeated the Renegades in front of a record crowd of 80,883 in the corresponding game in BBL05 and Faulkner says winning the local derby is a source of great pride for his team.

Organisers are expecting a similar turn out for Sunday's game and Faulkner is hopeful the Stars can get their second win of the season in front of another record-breaking crowd.

"They're our massive two games of the year against the other Melbourne team," Faulkner said.

"They've got a good team ... I'm sure it's going to be a good contest - two big teams going against each other at the best ground in the world.

"It was an unbelievable atmosphere (last time).

"There's not too many times you experience a crowd like that no matter where you're playing in the world. To play at the MCG in front of a home crowd (like that) is sensational.

"If we could get into the 90,000 (range) that would be nice.

"Even if we could get just one more person than last time that would be (great)."

The Renegades have only beaten the Stars at the MCG once in five attempts and are coming off a last-ball loss against the Perth Scorchers.

Star import Dwayne Bravo will also be sorely missed after he was ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a serious hamstring injury suffered in that game.

The Stars will be looking to build on their season-opening win against the Hobart Hurricanes as they search for their maiden BBL title.

"We've been close every year, haven't we? We've made every single semi-final, we just haven't got over that final hurdle," Faulkner said.

"It's just about winning the crunch games. You've got to make the semi-final first of all and we've been good at that.

"Hopefully this is the year of the Stars, but there's a lot of hard work that has to go in before that."

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